Notes: Red-Hot Women's Hoops Hosts Southern
EUGENE, Ore. - The red-hot Oregon women's basketball team, winners of four straight games, will look to continue that run on Wednesday at 7 p.m. when the Ducks play host to Southern at Matthew Knight Arena.
OREGON BREAKDOWNSouthern Series Record: Oregon leads, 1-0 (1-0 at home)Last Meeting: W, 65-52 (Nov. 23, 2004)Notable: Oregon has won four straight games and hit the century mark in three straight games. The Ducks are averaging 101.9 points per game, which is second in the NCAA and leads the Pac-12 by almost 20 points. Chrishae Rowe is seventh in the NCAA in scoring (25.1 ppg) while Jillian Alleyne is sixth in the nation in rebounding (13.0 rpg).
SOUTHERN BREAKDOWNLast Game: Dec. 7 vs. Spring Hill College (W, 91-60)Head Coach: Sandy Pugh (14th Season)Notable: Southern snapped a three-game losing streak with its win at Spring Hill College. The Jaguars have had an 11-day break since that game. Southern, which went 8-5 in the SWAC a year ago, is led by sharp-shooting guard Kendra Coleman, who recorded a 30-point game at Nebraska on Nov. 24. She’s hit 11-of-18 threes over the last two games.
MULTIMEDIAAll non-televised Oregon home games can be watched online via the Pac-12 Live Stream. The live feed is free for all, not just those who receive the Pac-12 Networks via their cable or satellite operator. Live stats and audio are available at GoDucks.com. Fans can listen to Terry Jonz’s call on the radio at KUGN 590 (Eugene), KUIK 1360 (Portland) and on TuneIn Radio.
AROUND THE PAC-12There are a bunch of Pac-12 match-ups this week in addition to Oregon’s pair of games against Southern on Wednesday night and Cal Poly on Friday night. Saint Mary’s visits USC on Thursday while UCLA heads to Minnesota and Washington meets DePaul in Las Vegas on Friday. Colorado heads to No. 7 Louisville on Saturday afternoon before Arizona State hosts Miami. The two premier games of the week are No. 3 Tennessee visiting No. 6 Stanford for a Pac-12 Networks game on Saturday and UConn meeting Cal on Sunday in New York City in an ESPN televised game.
DUCKS RANK SECOND IN SCORING AND THREESOregon is second in the NCAA in scoring at 101 points per game and second in made three-pointers per game at 11.4. The Ducks were No. 1 in scoring two weeks ago, but Baylor, after its 133-130 4OT loss to Kentucky on Dec. 6, moved to No. 1 at 102.4 points per game. Oregon has reached 100+ points five times through the first eight games this season and three straight games. The Ducks’ 131 points against Bakersfield in the season-opener on Nov. 9 is the second most in any NCAA game this season (behind Kentucky’s output against Baylor, which was the highest combined score in NCAA women’s basketball history). Oregon is second in made threes behind only Sacramento State, which defeated the Ducks at Matthew Knight Arena on Nov. 17. The Ducks and Hornets combined to attempt an NCAA record 86 threes.
TOP-10 SCORER, TOP-10 REBOUNDEROregon and Iona are the only programs in the nation to boast both a top-10 scorer and a top-10 rebounder in the NCAA rankings. Oregon’s Chrishae Rowe ranks seventh in the nation, averaging 25.1 points per game, while Jillian Alleyne is sixth in the NCAA in rebounding, averaging 13 per game. Iona’s Damika Martinez is third in the nation in scoring (26.7 ppg) while Joy Adams is seventh in rebounds (12.9 rpg). The Ducks and Gaels are also both 6-2 this season.
THE BEST INSIDE-OUTSIDE COMBO IN THE NCAAWhile Oregon is joined by Iona as the only teams with a top-10 scorer and top-10 rebounder, the Ducks are the lone team in the nation to boast a top-10 rebounder and a top-10 three-point shooter. Jillian Alleyne, who ranks sixth in the NCAA with 13 rebounds per game, is joined by Katelyn Loper, who leads the nation, averaging 4.0 made three-pointers per game. You could also throw Chrishae Rowe into the mix, as she ranks 13th in the nation with 3.25 made threes per game.
LOPER LEADING THE NATION IN MADE THREESRedshirt junior transfer Katelyn Loper is tied for the NCAA lead, averaging 4.0 made three-pointers per game. Loper, a transfer from Hofstra who sat out last season, is tied with Brown’s Sophie Bikofsky. Loper started off her Oregon career with a bang, matching Taylor Lilley’s school record with nine threes in the Ducks’ season-opening win over Bakersfield on Nov. 9. Loper leads the Pac-12 in total three-pointers made and is seventh in the league in scoring at 17.5 points per game.
PAC-12 TEAM STAT RANKINGSOregon not only leads the Pac-12 in scoring at 101 points per game, but the Ducks boast the top team free throw percentage (75.4 percent), three-point percentage defense (24.4 percent), rebounding offense (54.0 rpg) and turnover margin (+3.25) in the conference. The Ducks also lead the league in steals (9.29 per game), offensive rebounds (22.0 rpg) and made three-pointers (11.38) per game. Oregon is second in defensive rebounds (31.63 per game) and third in rebound margin (+9.0 per game) and third in assists (17.63 apg).
PAC-12 INDIVIDUAL RANKINGSChrishae Rowe (2nd - 25.1 ppg), Jillian Alleyne (5th - 19.3 ppg) and Katelyn Loper (7th - 17.5 ppg) rank in the top-10 in scoring in the Pac-12 this season. Alleyne is also dominating on the glass as well, averaging a Pac-12-best 13.0 rebounds per game. Loper has gotten it done behind the three-point line, knocking down a Pac-12-best 32 three-pointers (4.0 per game) this season. Rowe is second in steals (2.63 per game) and second, behind Loper, in made three-pointers (3.25 per game). Amanda Delgado is tied for the league lead, shooting 50 percent from three-point range (11-of-22). The Ducks also boast three of the top 15 free throw shooters in the conference. Loper is eighth (81.8 percent) while Ariel Thomas is ninth (81.6 percent) and Alleyne is 12th (79.4 percent).
ALLEYNE’S BIG IMPROVEMENT AT THE LINELast year Jillian Alleyne shot 53.8 percent from the free throw line in her otherwise stellar freshman campaign. This year, the sophomore now ranks 12th in the Pac-12 at 79.4 percent, an improvement of 25.6 percent.
THREE-POINT DEFENSEOregon has done quite well limiting the long ball this season. Opponents are shooting just 24.4 percent (45-of-186) from three-point range against the Ducks, the best mark in the Pac-12 and 10th best in the NCAA. Oregon limited No. 1 UConn to just 23.5 percent shooting from downtown.
OREGON’S LAST TIME OUT Jillian Alleyne recorded her 18th career double-double and sixth of the season with 18 points and 13 rebounds as Oregon ran past in-state foe Portland State, 113-78, on Saturday afternoon at Matthew Knight Arena. Oregon (6-2) has won four straight games since losing at No. 1 ranked UConn on Nov. 20. The Ducks are a perfect 6-0 this year when Alleyne posts a double-double. Chrishae Rowe led all scorers with 24 points and nine rebounds while Lexi Peterson and Danielle Love added 13. Ariel Thomas and Amanda Delgado each had 12 points while Katelyn Loper chipped in with 10 points. The Ducks saw seven players score in double figures, the most this season.
LAST TIME AGAINST SOUTHERNIn the two schools’ only meeting, Oregon defeated the visiting Jaguars, 65-52, on Nov. 23, 2004. The Ducks were led in scoring by Gabrielle Richards’ 19 points and Catherine Kraayeveld’s 18 points. Andrea Bills chipped in 12 points for the Ducks and grabbed a team-high eight rebounds. Oregon led by as much as 19 points in the second half before finishing off the 13-point victory.
ALLEYNE CAREER DOUBLE-DOUBLESJillian Alleyne posted her 18th career double-double and sixth of the season against Portland State on Dec. 14. Alleyne was tied for third in the Pac-12 last year as a freshman with 12 double-doubles. Oregon is 6-0 this season when Alleyne gets a double-double.
RPI CHECKOregon checks in at No. 74 in the Sagarin RPI but is much better, 37th, in the RealTime RPI. The Ducks are seventh in the Pac-12, according to Sagarin, while their RealTime ranking puts them fifth in the league. The NCAA’s RPI has not yet been calculated.
PLUS-MINUSThrough eight games this season, Oregon’s starting lineup of Ariel Thomas, Chrishae Rowe, Katelyn Loper, Jillian Alleyne and Danielle Love is a +53 (174 points for, 121 points against) in a little over 60 minutes together on the floor. Individually, Alleyne leads the team with at +100 this season, while Loper is close at +92. Danielle Love (+77) and Ariel Thomas (+62) also boast strong numbers. Chrishae Rowe is a +17 on the season.
MAGIC NUMBER 40Oregon shot better than 40 percent from the floor just five times last year and won two of those games (Fresno State & Samford). This season, however, Oregon is 5-0 when shooting better than 40 percent from the field. The Ducks shot 42.6 percent in the season-opener against CSU Bakersfield, hitting 43 of their whopping 101 field goal attempts. They followed up that performance by shooting 46.1 percent against Portland (35-of-76). The Ducks shot just 34.8 percent from the floor and beat Pepperdine but rebounded by shooting 45.6 percent (36-of-79) in a win over Princeton. Oregon hit on 46.3 percent (19-of-41) of thier shots in a 105-100 win at Seattle U on Dec. 4 and knocked down 43.2 percent of their field goals (41-of-95) last week versus Portland State.
NO, MAKE THAT MAGIC NUMBER 80Oregon is 40-11 under head coach Paul Westhead when scoring 80-or-more points. The Ducks went 17-5 when reaching 80 points in 2009-10, Westhead’s first and most successful season. Since then, Oregon has gone 9-3 in 2010-11 when scoring 80+, a perfect 8-0 in 2011-12 and 0-2 last season. This year, Oregon is 6-1 when reaching the 80-point mark.
THE CENTURY MARKOregon has reached 100+ points five times already this season. The Ducks scored a Pac-12 record 131 points in their season-opening win over CSU Bakersfield and 113 points in a victory versus Portland. Most recently, the Ducks defeated Princeton, 110-90, on Dec. 1, Seattle U, 105-100, on Dec. 4, and Portland State, 113-78, on Dec. 14. Under head coach Paul Westhead, Oregon has reached the century mark 12 times, winning all but one of those games (11-1).
BACKCOURT VIOLATIONSWith the new 10-second backcourt violation rule in place this season, Oregon’s press-and-run style should benefit. Thus far, Oregon has forced three 10-second backcourt violations, with one against Portland on Nov. 12, one versus Sacramento State on Nov. 17 and one against Portland State on Dec. 14.
ROWE BREAKS SCHOOL SCORING RECORDFreshman Chrishae Rowe snapped the school’s single-game scoring record with 41 points in Oregon’s 105-100 win at Seattle U on Dec. 4. In just her seventh collegiate game, Rowe tallied 41 points on 14-of-25 shooting, including 6-of-8 behind the three-point line. She also went 7-of-9 at the free throw line. Her final five points were the most important, as they were part of the Ducks’ 10-2 run that broke a 90-90 tie with 5:15 remaining. Rowe entered the game ranked No. 2 in the Pac-12 and No. 15 in the nation, averaging 22.7 points per game. The Pac-12 single-game scoring record is 50 points while the NCAA record is 60 points.
ROWE’S 41 POINTS IN THE NCAA RANKINGSChrishae Rowe’s school record 41 points are the most by a freshman in the NCAA since Mercer’s Briana Williams scored 41 against Jacksonville on Jan. 24, 2011. The last freshman to score more than 41 points in a game was during the 2009-10 season, when both Delaware’s Elena Della Donne (54) and Oral Roberts’ Kevi Luper (44) did it.